The permaculture students have all left, making their way home filled with enthusiasm and plans for what lies ahead…and that is what a permaculture course does for one…giving hope for a future where the land is viewed as to be looked after and nurtured…
The word ‘ecology,’ comes from the word ‘oikos,’ which means house or habitat.
Ecology is something we have to understand fully before we can begin to implement the changes that are necessary to preserve our environment and nurse it back to health.
Our resource base is what forms our ecology, or home…energy and materials.
All primitive communities relied on renewable energy.
Industrialism reversed the pattern and way of life followed for millenia by our ancestors.
Since industrialisation, we have used non-renewable energy and have done so to our own peril!
The way in which we view the earth has moved from feudalism to capitalism and has marked the end of the collective view of our resource base and the start of a much more egotisitical and self-centred view of the world around us.
Not for the better, I hasten to add!
So, what happens when humanity has spent over a 150 years or more living off the capital instead of the interest?
The advent of industrial capitalism has changed the way in which we regard and relate to our environment.
We speak of the earth’s resources as ‘raw material,’ with little respect for the land which produces it.
And as we hurtle down this path of eventual destruction, Gaia struggles to maintain a balance…all is fast becoming unbalance and anarchic.
Biodiversity is lost to the devastation that is ‘economic growth!’
The very essence of our survival is biodiversity.
Permaculture is the only model that provides abundantly and increases biodiversity as it does!